Welcome Back to School Message from Superintendent Dr. Almi G. Abeyta

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    Chelsea Public Schools

    Almi G. Abeyta, Ed.D.



    Monday, August 29, 2022


    Dear CPS Community,


    I hope this message finds our community refreshed and ready to go for the start of the school year! I know excitement is already in the air with our Back to School events and staff members returning to buildings to prepare for the first day of school.


    The 2022-23 school year marks the second year of our five-year Strategic Plan for Improving Teaching and Learning for Every Student, Every Day: Bridge to Success 2.0. We will continue to focus on our priority areas to ensure that every student will graduate from Chelsea Public Schools on a path to college and career success. We will know our students by name, strength, and story, and we will celebrate all of their accomplishments. Of which, there will be many.


    Staff has been busy this summer preparing for the new school year. We have expanded our Curriculum and Instruction team to better serve our students, and bring focus to areas such as college and career preparedness and culturally responsive teaching and learning. Our school leaders and our Human Resources department have been diligent in bringing high-quality teachers and leaders to Chelsea, welcoming them during New Educator Orientation. The Buildings and Grounds team has been working hard to get each of our schools ready, including the addition of a new playground at the Williams Building. We are excited to share with you expanded after school programs in our schools, and there’s so much more to look forward to as we start a new school year.


    The safety of our students, staff, and all who enter our buildings continues to be our highest priority. The shooting in Uvalde and other instances of violence in schools serve as reminders about how important our safety protocols and procedures are in schools. This week, CPS building leaders and administrative staff participated in emergency preparedness training alongside the Chelsea Police Department. Procedures are in place at our schools for safety training to occur once the school year begins.


    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently provided updated guidance for COVID-19 protocols in schools. CPS will follow DESE’s guidance. Masks will continue to be optional, pending changes to the CDC’s COVID-19 risk levels. Our schools will be a mask friendly environment. Students and staff may choose whether to wear a mask or not.


    Last week, I met one of our second grade students. They shared with me a journal entry of what they wanted to be when they grew up, a teacher! I believe our kids can achieve anything they put their minds to, and become anything they want in life. As your Superintendent, I am dedicated to ensuring that the education our students receive in Chelsea puts them on a path to success. To do that, we must know our students by name, strength and story.


    I am proud to serve this wonderful community, and I am so excited to welcome our students back on Wednesday, August 31 (Grades 1-12), and Wednesday, September 7 (pre-K and Kindergarten). See you soon!







    Dr. Almi G. Abeyta

    Chelsea Public Schools